Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Been sitting on this one for a while, had a long shitty day, so I figured that's a good enough reason to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 8/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Looks pretty tempting coming out of the bottle -- pour is a dark burnt coffee brown/near black; starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades almost immediately to nothing other than a thin ring; body is of course opaque;
Smell: Wow -- super. Very sweet, lots of vanilla, burnt sugar/caramel; some bourbon; some syrupy sweet chocolate; some alcohol; nice and robust - jus flows out of the glass.
Taste: See smell. Fantastic -- plenty of vanilla and sweet caramel -- I'm reminded of those caramel target candies; plenty of alcohol and it is very much like bourbon; bit of a roasty coffee flavor lying in there somewhere, but it's really subdued by the sweetness. This would be a fantastic dessert. For being a few years old, the alcohol is still booming and I love it.
Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight; carbonation is soft, a little "flat" and all of the life of the body comes from the big alcohol, and it works alright, but I do feel that the carb could be a touch stronger; a thin, semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left extremely warm from the booze.
Overall: A great beer, world class. The only thing I feel I can fault it for is a body without much life, but overall, a fantastic beer that should be made again and distributed to anywhere I happen to live.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2012 01:35:43 | More by bamadog
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4.79/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I tasted this as part of a flight at an epic bottle share. The review is from my notes, based on at least 1 ounce and at most 2 ounce pours. In most instances this would be an insignificant sample size but considering the fact that I could quite possibly never even see this beer again, well, I couldn’t pass it up. [This is my standard intro to my tasting notes from the series.]
This poured a solid black with a cocoa-colored layer on top. I get a lot of dark chocolates and an Italian roast/espresso aroma. There’s a pronounced flavor of bitter chocolate, a lot of roast, some bourbon on it, maybe a hint of a maple sweetness. There’s still a touch of heat to this but overall the flavors have blended quite well. So delicious.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 04:43:01 | More by elNopalero
Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.